Gary Neville sees Valencia strike late to earn draw with Barcelona

Santi Mina struck a late equaliser as Valencia held Barcelona to a fortunate 1-1 draw in front of Los Che’s new head coach, Gary Neville.
The former Manchester United defender does not formally take change of team matters at the Mestalla until Sunday, but will do so amid a fresh wave of optimism after the hosts left the European champions ruing their inability to make the most of a raft of obvious opportunities.
Los Che were led into the contest by interim coaches Voro and Phil Neville, but they rarely looked capable of causing an upset with their first effort on target coming as late as 79 minutes.
The hosts had no fewer than 10 players on the sidelines and started tentatively with Barcelona’s famous front three surprisingly out of tune in a first 45 minutes where each of the triumvirate had clear chances to open the scoring.
Luis Suarez eventually drilled in at the near post just before the hour after being given the benefit of the doubt with an offside decision following a brilliant one-two with Lionel Messi.a goal against Valencia. – Reuters
But Luis Enrique’s men couldn’t finish the job and were made to pay for their surprising profligacy by Valencia’s late flurry.
The result sees Barcelona still top, but just two points clear of Atletico Madrid who had earlier won at Granada.

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